KU Law Traditions
For more than 140 years, generations of Jayhawk lawyers have created traditions – both old and new – which are an integral part of the KU Law experience.
Law school graduation is a joyous weekend for graduates, faculty, families and friends. Activities begin with the Hooding Ceremony at the Lied Center, where each graduate is individually recognized. An open house follows at Green Hall. The next day, graduates participate in the time-honored walk down Campanile Hill during the all-university commencement ceremony at Memorial Stadium.
Walk to "Old" Green Hall
The Walk to "Old" Green Hall began in Spring 1978. Nostalgic law students who spent their first two years in "old" Green Hall and moved to a new building in the fall of 1977 persuaded Professor Paul Wilson to lead them back to their original home. The tradition of reminiscing and sharing law school history has continued for more than 40 years.
Diversity in Law Banquet
The Diversity in Law Banquet is an annual fundraiser for the Diversity Scholarship Fund. Students, faculty and alumni celebrate the many contributions diverse communities make to the legal profession. A keynote speaker — usually from the ranks of KU Law's diverse alumni — delivers an address at the banquet.
Each fall, first-year law students participate in the Barber Emerson Bluebook Relays. The competition, sponsored by a Lawrence law firm, tests legal research skills learned in the Lawyering program. Working in teams, students locate references in the library and write the citation in correct Bluebook format. The point system rewards speed, accuracy and citation skills.
Thanksgiving Food Drive
The entire law school participates in the annual Thanksgiving Food Drive, coordinated by the Black Law Students Association. BLSA members solicit contributions from law school faculty, students and staff to provide for Lawrence residents in need. Faculty allow a "pass" to students who bring food for the drive, and first-year small sections compete for the "most food donated" award.